Hey, companion animals! Do you have an embarrassing symptom or a mystery medical problem? Are you having trouble getting your Human to listen to you? Labby is here to help! Her Human is a veterinarian, and if neither of them knows the answer, they’ll look it up for you! Send your questions (250 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help. My Human has always been good to me. She provides me with food and shelter and doesn’t force me to cuddle when I’m not in the mood. Last year, she even bought me a cat tree that I can sit on while I watch the birds outside the living room window. Life is pretty good and despite what people say about us cats, I know and appreciate it.
But recently, something changed. She took me to the vet for a check-up. Ever since then, she’s been grabbing me every day and shoving a very bitter substance in my mouth! It’s so awful! I drool terribly, and it takes at least an hour of hiding under the bed for me to feel safe. This has been going on for a month! I’m beginning to suspect it’s not going to stop and I no longer trust my Human.
Why is she doing this? What can I do?
Desperately Drooling Tabby
My Dearest Desperate,
Oh my, this sounds very traumatic and terrible. It must be so much worse because you don’t know or understand why she is doing this. I am willing to wager, Desperate, that your Human has not suddenly developed a sadistic streak. I am guessing that she is giving you some sort of medicine. You don’t mention feeling sick, but the doctor may have discovered something during your checkup indicating you now need medication to keep you healthy.
I am sorry to say you may need to take this medicine for the rest of your life, my dear, but there is some good news. Many medicines can be made into a yummy liquid (they make many wonderful flavors these days, even things like liver and something they call “triple fish” that I hear cats especially love) so that they don’t taste so bad. My Human sometimes mixes these flavored medicines into a favorite treat (Although yours should make sure not to put it in your regular food, just in case there is still a bad taste. We don’t want you to lose your appetite!).
Even better, some medicines can even be given as a bit of salve that goes on the inside of your ear, so nothing at all needs to be shoved into your sensitive kitty-mouth. How’s about that for a miracle of modern medicine? These formulations must be prepared by a special compounding pharmacist, but many communities have them now. If there isn’t one in your area, your vet may be able to mail order it.
Desperate, might I suggest that you leave your Human a hint? Here’s a link to an article about these special compounded medicines. Maybe you can “walk” on her laptop keyboard and leave the page open for her to find. Good luck!
With Love and Slobbery Lab-Kisses,
Labby’s Human wants to remind you to consult your veterinarian if you’re not feeling well. There is no substitute for an exam and advice from a doctor who has seen you in the flesh!